It’s been two weeks since Facebook announced that its American fact-checking partners would start to receive daily reports on suspicious pieces of content spread on Instagram — and be expected to analyze their veracity — as part of Facebook’s international program to fight misinformation.
Since then, at least three images that went viral on the photo- and video-sharing social network have been flagged as “false” by U.S.-based fact-checkers: one by Science Feedback; one by Lead Stories; and one by PolitiFact.
After two weeks of work, these three fact-checkers agree: They are still learning how to work with this new feature but can already see room for improvement.
Science Feedback, a not-for-profit organization built to verify online information regarding science, debunked a meme that inaccurately claimed some bananas had been injected with HIV-contaminated blood a few days ago.
The false image, showing a banana with a red and rounded spot right in the middle, was posted on Instagram on July 26 and was still very popular until this week. On Tuesday, the image had about 300 likes and could be easily seen on the platform, even though Science Feedback had published an article explaining “red discoloration in fruits is the result of plant diseases, not due to injected blood” and had tagged this post false.
“(As of Tuesday morning), there are about a hundred posts in the Instagram section to be fact-checked,” said the
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/here-are-some-of-u-s-fact-checkers-first-impressions-about-flagging-false-images-on-instagram/